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  • Native American student sues school district over right to wear feather

    A Native American student took a California school district to court on Monday after his high school banned him from wearing an eagle feather on his graduation cap, a civil rights group said. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU) said Clovis High School senior Christian…

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  • U.S. floats conservation measures for imperiled bull trout

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed on Tuesday actions needed to support imperiled bull trout, an iconic native fish that is still found in pristine, cold-water streams and some lakes in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The…

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  • U.S. safety officials to testify to Congress on Amtrak crash

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Human error remains a strong focus of the inquiry into the Philadelphia Amtrak crash, but federal investigators are still digging for answers, aides said ahead of the first hearing in the U.S. Congress on last month's deadly accident. House Republican aides…

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  • Arizona mosque, site of anti-Islam protest, holds 'love not hate' event

    By Deanna Dent PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona mosque where hundreds gathered last week for an anti-Islam demonstration, with counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," was the site of a "love not hate" event on Monday to promote peace and inclusiveness, participants said. The Islamic Community…

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  • Trial for Los Angeles officer accused of kicking woman who died nears end

    By Phoenix Tso LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Attorneys offered closing arguments on Monday in the case of a white Los Angeles police officer accused of assaulting a black woman who died shortly after saying "I can't breathe" while being restrained in the back of a patrol car. Prosecutor Shannon Presby…

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  • New prosecutor for retrial of deli worker in New York boy's murder

    The lead prosecutor in the Etan Patz murder trial, which ended in a mistrial with a hung jury last month, has stepped down to run for office and a new prosecutor will retry the case, local media reported on Monday. Joan Illuzzi-Orbon is leaving her job as an assistant district attorney in…

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  • Takata will change design for certain air bag inflators

    Takata Corp said on Monday that it will continue producing air bags that use ammonium nitrate propellant, but will change the design of the driver-side air bag inflators. The Japanese supplier is at the center of a global recall of tens of millions of cars for potentially deadly air bag inflators…

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  • North Carolina Senate overrides governor's veto of marriage opt-out bill

    By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill. The Republican-led…

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  • California Senate passes bill to raise minimum wage to $11 per hour

    California's minimum wage would rise to $11 per hour next year under a bill passed by the state senate on Monday. The bill by San Francisco Democrat Mark Leno would supersede a measure passed less than two years ago raising the minimum wage to $10 over the same period. “Despite our recovering…

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  • Homeland security chief reassigns top TSA official

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday he reassigned the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration after earlier ordering improved security at U.S. airports. The moves follow media reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and…

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  • U.S. military lab shipped live anthrax samples to Canada: USA Today

    Live anthrax samples were shipped to three laboratories in Canada by a U.S. military lab, USA Today reported on Monday, following disclosures last week that samples of the bacteria were mistakenly sent to 11 U.S. states and two other countries. The newspaper cited two Defense Department officials…

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  • Lockheed F-35s get major role in U.S. military exercise

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon's largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The exercise, which is…

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  • San Francisco lawmakers advance proposal to require soda warning labels

    By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A panel of San Francisco lawmakers voted on Monday to advance a package of laws targeting soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, including what would be the first warning label in the United States. This is a message from the City and County of San…

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  • School banned speech by gay Colorado valedictorian as inappropriate

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - School officials said on Monday they banned a Colorado high school valedictorian's commencement speech - in which had planned to come out as gay - because his comments were inappropriate. Evan Young, 18, had wanted to publicly declare his sexual orientation…

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  • About 55 people at Utah homeless shelter suffer food poisoning

    By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - About 55 people, including some children, fell ill with suspected food poisoning at a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City on the weekend, and authorities were investigating the source of the illness, officials said on Monday. Ambulances and a bus were sent…

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  • U.S. tightens airport security after screeners fail undercover tests

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday he had ordered improved security at U.S. airports after media reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents. Airport screeners, who are employees of the…

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  • California woman arrested in death of husband she reported missing

    A California woman who had reported her husband missing has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his body was found in a shallow grave, and two friends were being held for allegedly helping her dispose of the body, authorities said on Monday. The body of 33-year-old Juan Rodriguez of Yuba…

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  • Alaska governor issues 10,000 layoff notices amid budget wrangling

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued layoff notes on Monday to more than 10,000 state employees, serving notice of a partial government shutdown that would begin on July 1 unless state lawmakers can agree on a budget for the forthcoming fiscal year. Alaska…

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  • Earthquakes hit off Oregon coast

    (Reuters) - A series of moderately powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Oregon overnight and on Monday, but did not trigger tsunamis, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A magnitude 5.8 temblor occurred just before midnight on Sunday at sea 280 miles (450 km) west of Yachats at a depth of…

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  • U.S. safety regulator NHTSA needs more money: NHTSA administrator

    The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will tell a U.S. congressional subcommittee that his agency needs more money to help keep motorists safe, according to prepared remarks released on Monday. Mark Rosekind, administrator of NHTSA, will be one of the witnesses on…

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